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The 2022 holiday roundup

The tree at Congress Hall in 2018. Photo: Christopher Chin

Can you believe itโ€™s already that time of year? Cape May is preparing for the holidays, and we at CapeMay.com are busy gathering events and activities happening from now through the end of the year. Weโ€™ll continue to update this post as we receive new information. Please be sure to see our events calendar as well!

๐ŸŽ„ Tree Lightings ๐ŸŽ„

Cape May MAC tree lighting at the Emlen Physick Estate
Saturday, November 19 from 5-8pm. Event details

La Mer Beachfront Resort tree lighting
Saturday, November 26th from 5-8pm

Enjoy live music and holiday food options from the outdoor bar. Want to roast marshmallows? Fire pits are available by reservation, $250 for up to five people. To reserve, call 877-644-9128. And we hear the Clauses are making a special visit. Event details

City of Cape May tree lighting at Rotary Park
December 2 from 7-9pm. Event details

Congress Hall tree lighting
December 2nd from 5-10pm. Event details

๐ŸŽ Holiday Events ๐ŸŽ

The West Cape May Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 3rd from 5-8pm

The annual WCM Christmas Parade has been running for more than half a century! It starts off at 5pm from the West Cape May Volunteer Firehouse. The parade route winds south on Broadway, then east on Perry and onto Carpenters Lane. Bundle up and enjoy handmade floats featuring local businesses, area fire trucks decked out in holiday lights, live dance performances, and an appearance by a certain jolly someone. 

Winter Wonderland at Congress Hall
November 25 – January 1, 2023

Congress Hall is celebrating its 12th annual Winter Wonderland! The best place to find out the details is their website.

Winter Warmup Weekend at Ferry Park
December 10 & 11

Enjoy two days of shopping, dining, and visits with the man in red. More details on Ferry Park’s website.

๐Ÿช๐Ÿฅ› Where you can see Santa in Cape May ๐Ÿฅ›๐Ÿช

The man in red may be busy getting ready for Christmas Eve, but he never fails to make a few appearances in Cape May during the holiday season! 

Tree Lighting at La Mer
November 26th

Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be stopping by La Merโ€™s tree lighting! ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿคถ

Breakfast with Santa at Congress Hall
Saturday and Sunday, November 26 through December 24, 8am – 3pm

Enjoy a breakfast buffet and photo op with Santa by Congress Hallโ€™s poinsettia tree. Overnight hotel stays are available. Brunch is $30 for adults, $20 for children. Check availability and reserve online.

Breakfast with Santa at The Inn of Cape May
November 26, December 3, December, 10, and December 17 from 8am – 12:30pm

Santa will be stopping by the Inn of Cape May for a breakfast buffet and photos! $28 for adults, $18 kids 3-12, $5 for kids under 3. Reservations are required, so please call 609-884-5555. 

Breakfast with Santa at The Pier House
December 2, 3, 17 from 8am – 2pm

The Pier House is hosting a holiday brunch with Santa, which features kid-friendly favorites like pancakes and french toast, as well as lunch options. Visit with Santa from 9am until 1pm, and drop off letters for Santa in the North Pole Mailbox located in the lobby. For reservations, call 609-898-2244.

The West Cape May Christmas Parade
December 3rd from 5-8pm

Santa will be making an appearance at the annual West Cape May Christmas Parade! His float wonโ€™t stop, but you can wave.

Breakfast with Santa at Hemingway’s Restaurant
December 3, 10, and 17 from 8am – 11:30am

Head to the Grand Hotel for breakfast with Santa on three Saturdays this December! While they’re there, kids can write a letter to Santa and drop it in the special mailbox to the North Pole. Brunch is $18.95 per adult, $13.95 per child. Reservations are required, so please call 609-884-5611 ext 550.

Winter Warmup Weekend at Ferry Park
December 10 & 11 from noon-4pm

Restaurant guests will be able to get a photo with Santa! More information on Ferry Park’s website

๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ’š Where you can meet The Grinch ๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŽ„

Merry Grinchmas at Carney’s Restaurant
December 18 from 11am-2pm

Lunch, photos, a hot chocolate bar, s’mores, and crafting with the Grinch at Carney’s Restaurant. Tickets are $15 per child. Reserve online or call (609) 884-4424 with questions.